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Old 25th April 2009, 05:53 AM
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Without too many words on my part - comments appreciated from enthusiasts and sentimentals.....but note the Mercedes logo on the tank and the smile sported by the driver.Just a couple more pics...




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Old 25th April 2009, 05:58 AM
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This first picture disappeared on me - as I said, take note of the Mercedes Insignia on the tank and note the smile on the driver's face...



Also note the Mercedes Benz factory building in the background and the caption that "after World War II 80% of vehicles in Germany ran on woodgas".

Sorry guys, things are a bit mumbo jumbo. See if you can make the most of it somehow. Styria

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Somehow I don't think this would pass ADR (Australian Design Rules) and WorkCover would not approve either
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Damn!!! Where is Des when you need him?
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I'm here!!

As some of you may know around mid 1944 Germany was literally pushed into the wall with the loss of the Romanian oil fields, Germany had no natural oil supplies. For such a modern and developing nation they were so dependent upon imports.

A bit hard to fight a modern war when you cannot fuel planes, tanks, trucks...cars..

The Germans being Germans tackled this impossible problem in a number of ways, developing synthetic fuel, from rubber I believe shipped in from Japan

Gas generators, coal burners, wool burners were all tried and fitted to varous cars, trucks...buses.

A few pictures I have collected










Not just Mercedes ether,

1944 VW Beetle, Charcoal Gas System





1944 Volkswagen Type 82--Wood Gas Generator


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It's nice to have you back Des. The forum needs an historian and archivist.
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nice to ve you back Des. The forum needs an historian and archivist.
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Hear Hear.....

Welcome back Sir Des...

We've all missed you..
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Goering's Blue Mercedes
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A bit of an interesting story concerning the mighty 500K. The man was greedy - maybe for a good reason. He was also the proud owner (I guess) of a 540K. He did have good taste, and plenty of money. I am surprised that the Company was able to produce that car and the requirements he stipulated in such a short period of time. Regards Styria

N.B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAf1fYawXNo

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Goering's Blue Mercedes
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A bit of an interesting story concerning the mighty 500K. The man was greedy - maybe for a good reason. He was also the proud owner (I guess) of a 540K. He did have good taste, and plenty of money. I am surprised that the Company was able to produce that car and the requirements he stipulated in such a short period of time. Regards Styria

N.B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAf1fYawXNo
That regime were not tolerant of dissent. I suspect it was deliver the car as asked for or end up either shot or on the Russian front. (same outcome)
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Hi Bryce, I see a different slant to this. Mercedes, as was BMW, were heavily involved with the then Nazi Regime in the supply of Aircraft and all kinds of other engines, and I doubt if there would have been any efforts or attempts to undermine that regime. On the contrary, I reckon they were fervent supporters of a Government that provided jobs and full employment.

History tells us that Germany was swept up by an avalanche of propaganda and political rallies - just look at pics. of crowds estimated to be a million at many of the parades organized by the Nazis, and all had their hands up in the air celebrating the Nazi salute. Regards Styria
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Yes Styria...... mass hysteria . is a fever.....All had its roots in the humiliation of Germany by the Allies after the first World War. Hitler was influenced by the defeat and also in the the twenties when Hyperinflation took root. Thousands of Dauch Marks just to buy a loaf of bread. The Master Race he preached swayed even fair minded people. And today .. what has changed .. my God or whatever, is better than yours.

( I am ) We are thankful to be well away from it all Down Under.
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